Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, research also showed certain abnormalities that in the past were considered indicators of poor performance were not predictive of actual athletic performance in the adult horse.
The work tab for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was still busy Wednesday, with more of the contenders working on grass than on the main track.
Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management announced 2002 fees for 25 of its 26 stallions, and not unexpectedly some will be going down and some up.
A decrease in Churchill Downs' third quarter earnings has been attributed to an increase in outstanding shares and the aftermath of Sept. 11's terrorist attacks.
Excerpt for week of Oct. 27.
Nineteen horses were pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), Oct 17, headed by Europe's probable champion miler, Godolphin's Noverre, and two California runners, Sheikh Maktoum's Irish Prize and David Milch's Val Royal.
- By Steve Haskin
In a surprise decision, Godolphin Racing has opted to run Sakhee in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Fantastic Light in Saturday's Turf at Belmont Park.
Second-day momentum at Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky October yearling sale helped deliver some statistical gains over last year's significantly larger edition.
All Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships purse earnings for Godolphin Stable, the international racing operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum will go to the NTRA Charities - New York Heroes Fund.
In a year with no consistent standout emerging to rally behind, the Kikuka Sho (St. Leger, Jpn-I) on Oct. 21 capped Japan's triple crown series with yet another surprise ending that left fans shaking their heads in dissatisfied disbelief.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Breeders' Cup, and NBC Sports have agreed to a four-year extension that will keep the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on NBC through 2005, officials from the organizations announced Tuesday at a press conference in New York City. The Breeders' Cup has been televised on NBC since it began in 1984.
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BC Turf--Milan pedigree
The toughest race on the card? Usually the Sprint (gr. I). And this year is no different.
BC Turf Report 10/23
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) has the reputation of being the most formful race on racing's most important day. However, it is actually the Juvenile that has the lowest average winning payoff of $10.84 of the seven traditional races on the card. The Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) has only had two runnings, and should not be judged historically. The Distaff comes in second with an average winning payoff of $17.09; no doubt last year's $113.80 upset victory by Spain has done much to lift that average.
Filly & Mare Turf report
Recent legislation passed in California and signed by Gov. Gray Davis will allow Northern California racetracks and county fairs to expand simulcasting if the number of live racing dates is reduced. The new law also allows additional simulcasting if live racing is interrupted because of power failures that have plagued the state in recent years.
Breeders' Cup Daily Notes; Link to Daily Developments
Sheikh Maktoum's Summertime Legacy won her second race in a row in Tuesday's Prix des Reservoirs (Fr-III) at Deauville.
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Unlike his non-work last Friday, Fantastic Light lit up the Belmont track Tuesday, as he blazed five furlongs in :59 4/5 with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, flying home his final quarter in :23 2/5 and galloping out a strong six furlongs in 1:12 3/5. Private clockers caught him a tick faster in :59 3/5. About an hour and a half later, Godolphin's other star, Sakhee, also showed more life, working his five furlongs in 1:01, with regular exercise rider Lee Roebuck up.
- By Tom Precious
Officials in New York are closing in on a historic gambling package that would give some racetracks video lottery terminals, permit up to six Indian-owned casinos in western New York and the Catskill Mountains, and expand the
state's lottery offerings.
Near-millionaire Rob 'n Gin has arrived at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States have generated a groundswell of patriotism, and Thoroughbred names are no exception. Owners have named their young racing prospects in tribute to the country and those who defend and care for it.
An agreement struck over the weekend will allow all online and telephone account wagering services to put the World Thoroughbred Championships on their menus Oct. 27.
Irish group winner Perigee Moon, a half-brother to grade II winner Old Trieste, will enter stud at Michael C. Byrne's Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation authorizing the California Horse Racing Board to enter into an interstate compact for owners license but vetoed a bill that would have permitted racetracks and owners to lower takeout on betting handle.
November will be a critical month for many Mid-Atlantic horsemen as they seek to secure racetrack stabling for the winter.
Jennie Rees, racing writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal, has been named the Warner L. Jones Jr. "Horseman of the Year." Rees will accept the award Nov. 17 during a dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States, and the resulting situation internationally, organizers of the Dubai World Cup program plan an intensive promotional campaign to ensure the 2002 Dubai World Cup is well-received by horsemen, the Gulf News reported.
By Lenny Shulman -- Not satisfied with being a champion amateur steeplechase rider in both the United States and Great Britain, a feat no one else has approached, George Sloan desperately sought to popularize his sport by putting it before the American public.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.
Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow remains hospitalized at Troytown Veterinary Hospital in Ireland after injuring a leg in a paddock accident.
Striking Song, a son of Unbridled's Song training for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been declared out of Saturday's race after sustaining a chip to his left hind ankle. The Robert Hess Jr.-trained colt has won one of four career starts, breaking his maiden at one mile in last outing.
Two U.S. horses and one European runner being pointed toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships have defected for different reasons.
Volponi sat patiently behind the dueling leaders and kicked home in the stretch to take the $250,000 Pegasus Handicap (gr. II) on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Daily Breeders' Cup Notes (Links to Breeders' Cup Web Site)
$4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI) World Thoroughbred Championships
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Gross sales, average price, and median price all dropped during Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale. The session's top-selling colt by Unbridled out of Debit My Account sold for $360,000.
Jay Robbins didn't have to say a word following Tiznow's gallop Monday morning. He looked up at Pam York, aboard Andy the pony, and gave her a double thumbs up. This sure wasn't the same obstinate, cantankerous Tiznow we saw on Sunday.
A number of bullet workouts from Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships contenders highlighted Belmont Park's busy work tab Monday morning.
Negotiators are closing in on a deal that could lead to legislation vastly expanding gambling in New York, including authorization for some racetracks to offer video lottery terminals.
The National Weather Service is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high of 53 degrees Saturday in Elmont, N.Y., site of the 18th Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park.
Keeping it all in the family, Marsha J. Naify, has completed the purchase of 505 Farm near Lexington, Ky. The 500-acre Thoroughbred operation has been run by the Naify Trust since the April, 2000, death of Marshall Naify, Marsha's father, who bought the farm a decade ago and raced such stakes winners as Manistique, Swept Overboard, Cliquot, Lacquaria, and David Copperfield.
Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Officer put in his final workout for Saturday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) when he worked Monday at Santa Anita under exercise rider Dana Barnes.
Darley Stud Management stallion Pennekamp, who has stood at Kildangan Stud in Ireland since 1997, will stand the 2002 season under the Darley banner at Haras du Logis in France.
Wednesday at Belmont
Read Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships preview stories published in the Oct. 20 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.
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